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    Miguel Sano gets some MLB experience in spring trainingThe Minnesota Twins made a significant move today in the farm system, moving third base prospect Miguel Sano from Fort Myers (A+) to New Britain (AA) reported CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and was confirmed by 1500ESPN’s Darren Wolfson.

    Sano was posting remarkable numbers in the Florida State League. Prior to today’s Miracle game – in which Sano belted his 15th and 16th home runs of the year – Sano’s .629 slugging percentage was leading the league. That power output looks even better compared to the rest of the FSL, a notoriously pitcher-friendly league, where the average slugging percentage is .378.

    Over the last few seasons, Sano had made some progress at the plate and has quieted his pre-swing movement, resulting in the best season to date of his professional career.

    Insiders have made comments saying that Sano is not necessarily a candidate for relocation away from third. After a season with 42 errors, Sano has trimmed that down to a more manageable 11 gaffes so far this year. Miracle manager told 1500 that he would be hesitant to move him from the position and also said that roving instructor Paul Molitor has been working hard with improving his defense.

    What can Sano expect from Double-A? At 20 years old, Sano will join just two other hitters in the Eastern League (Jose Ramirez and Xander Bogaerts) who cannot legally purchase beer. Competition and strategy increase significantly over the lower levels as well. The talent is greater and the pitching is more polished.

    Sano is now one level closer to making good on his promise to reach the major leagues this season. If he is able to rip apart Eastern League pitching like he did to the Florida State League, it would be difficult to keep him down.

    In addition to Sano, Eddie Rosario and Angel Morales will also move to New Britain and shortstop James Beresford will be promoted to Rochester.
    This article was originally published in blog: Report: Minnesota Twins to promote Miguel Sano started by Parker Hageman
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Woohoo! So exciting. I'm sure they said, "Oh, we'll wait until the All-Star Break". Until he blasts two more home runs in a game. He forced their hand, for sure. So exciting.
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      Congratualations to Sano! Since there were no comments in the Kris Bryant thread that he was "too big to play third", hopefully that issue won't be raised for Sano.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      will give both more time in AA than High A this yr
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by raindog View Post
      Woohoo! So exciting. I'm sure they said, "Oh, we'll wait until the All-Star Break". Until he blasts two more home runs in a game. He forced their hand, for sure. So exciting.
      They waited until the half of the season was over for Fort Myers (& they clinched a spot in the postseason btw.) A+ All Star break (Now) and not MLB

      Happy to see these guys in AA. The Rock Cats are going to Reading this month, so I think I will be there more than once. Just hope that Meyer is up and running by then...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      With Morales moving up as well, might there be "the Buxton move" to A+ announced after tomorrow's FSN=televised game?
    1. Joe's Avatar
      Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      With Morales moving up as well, might there be "the Buxton move" to A+ announced after tomorrow's FSN=televised game?

      I'd bet money that will be the case. The Twins are doing a lot to promote Buxton's likeness. Would there be any chance that game would be televised if he weren't there? Doubt it.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      [QUOTE=jokin;124004]With Morales moving up as well, might there be "the Buxton move" to A+ announced after tomorrow's FSN=televised game?[/QUOTE

      When CR clinch or are eliminated from the playoffs they will promote him.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      [QUOTE=clutterheart;124012]
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      With Morales moving up as well, might there be "the Buxton move" to A+ announced after tomorrow's FSN=televised game?[/QUOTE

      When CR clinch or are eliminated from the playoffs they will promote him.
      Correct. I think the kernels magic number is 5 with 6 games to play.
    1. KernelsGuy1's Avatar
      KernelsGuy1 -
      [QUOTE=Seth Stohs;124014]
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post

      Correct. I think the kernels magic number is 5 with 6 games to play.
      Don't think so. Kernels only 1.5 up with 7 to play.

      Either way, there's only a week left in the first half. Why not just promote Buxton after the completion of the half at the All-Star break? What's the difference? It's marginal, in my opinion — would be a game, maybe two games earlier, but then 5 days off before the second half.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      They must feel pretty good about Rosario at second to move him to AA. A good sign, for sure.
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Great news, it makes it possible if any/all of them do very well at AA, they could get a look in spring training for major league jobs.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      The Double A boxscore got a whole hell of a lot more interesting.
    1. CK's Avatar
      CK -
      Who is Miguel Sano?
    1. Kwak's Avatar
      Kwak -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      They must feel pretty good about Rosario at second to move him to AA. A good sign, for sure.
      Dozier makes that pill easier to swallow.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by CK View Post
      Who is Miguel Sano?
      He's one of us. 31, a Hibbing Community College recruit. All-around good guy.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Sure, Miguel Sano pounded a few hits against single-A pitching. I'll give him that.

      Now let's get real, the kid doesn't have the plate discipline and killer instinct to make a dent against AA pitchers. He's gonna be facing guys that can spin a curve over the outside corner, or just off it. He's gonna see real changeups, ones with the same arm action as a good fastball.

      Can he hit the good stuff? At 20 years old? I have my doubts.

      Get your hacks in, Miguel, and study hard at third base. We'll see you in a Twins uniform in a couple years.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      Sure, Miguel Sano pounded a few hits against single-A pitching. I'll give him that.

      Now let's get real, the kid doesn't have the plate discipline and killer instinct to make a dent against AA pitchers. He's gonna be facing guys that can spin a curve over the outside corner, or just off it. He's gonna see real changeups, ones with the same arm action as a good fastball.

      Can he hit the good stuff? At 20 years old? I have my doubts.

      Get your hacks in, Miguel, and study hard at third base. We'll see you in a Twins uniform in a couple years.
      This is satire, right?

      He just did ridiculously unprecedented things in a true pitcher's league. In a league which usually is fortunate to have ONE guy OPS over .900 and one or two guys with a SLG over .500, Sano leaves to go to AA with a .1079 OPS line and a .655 SLG---yep, ridiculous numbers.

      I think there's a fighting chance he's going to make more than a couple "dents" in Eastern League OF walls and AA pitcher's ERA marks.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      Sure, Miguel Sano pounded a few hits against single-A pitching. I'll give him that.

      Now let's get real, the kid doesn't have the plate discipline and killer instinct to make a dent against AA pitchers. He's gonna be facing guys that can spin a curve over the outside corner, or just off it. He's gonna see real changeups, ones with the same arm action as a good fastball.

      Can he hit the good stuff? At 20 years old? I have my doubts.

      Get your hacks in, Miguel, and study hard at third base. We'll see you in a Twins uniform in a couple years.
      Until the teams in AA get a good scouting report on him, I don't see why it would be that much different. Once they find a way to get him out, which, is proving extremely difficult, he will have to adjust. Many said it coming into the season, his bat is practically ready. It is pretty hard to perform any better than this kid just has in half a season.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      Until the teams in AA get a good scouting report on him, I don't see why it would be that much different. Once they find a way to get him out, which, is proving extremely difficult, he will have to adjust. Many said it coming into the season, his bat is practically ready. It is pretty hard to perform any better than this kid just has in half a season.
      Votto
      Kemp
      Lind


      These guys were at the top of the hitting charts in this league in recent times and their numbers weren't anywhere even close to what Sano has put up this year.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by KernelsGuy1 View Post

      Don't think so. Kernels only 1.5 up with 7 to play.

      Either way, there's only a week left in the first half. Why not just promote Buxton after the completion of the half at the All-Star break? What's the difference? It's marginal, in my opinion — would be a game, maybe two games earlier, but then 5 days off before the second half.
      Top two teams qualify for the playoffs - they are 4 games up over the 3rd place team.
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